Gail Belokur, Co-Artistic Director / Resident Producer
Gail received her BA in Drama from Ithaca College and has worked professionally with young people in the performing arts in Upstate New York for over 20 years. Her wide range of credits include stage managing, producing, directing and designing (scenic, costume and lighting) for all R2P shows plus dozens of other plays, musicals and dance recitals for middle and high school students. As founder and artistic director of New Vine Productions, Gail also taught acting workshops and developed arts programs for theatre, dance, music and the visual arts before merging this endeavor into the launching of Running to Places. She is employed full time by the company.
Linda Harris, Treasurer/Finance Manager
As an R2P parent she was, and continues to be, extremely inspired by the dedication of the founders of R2P. She has observed their positive influence on our sons and daughters and the enormous amount of personal time they give, all delivered with never ending enthusiasm and a smile. When R2P reached the goal of obtaining their non-profit status (no small feat in itself!) and needed to move forward to prepare to do business “officially” she gladly volunteered her services to help them set up shop. She brings with her, (in addition to her enthusiasm and excitement!), over twenty years of finance and administrative experience. More than ten of those years were in the non-profit sector such as The Chemical Dependencies Clinic of Otsego County and most recently, several years as the Finance Manager at the Cayuga Nature Center. Presently, she is a Grant and Contract Officer for the College of Ag and Life Sciences at Cornell. She is looking forward to working with the rest of the R2P staff “behind the scenes”, (where Gail knows she is happiest!), and supporting their hard work and heartfelt efforts for our local youth.
Tyler M. Perry, Resident Designer
Tyler's R2P credits include: Urinetown (Lighting Design), Oklahoma, Noises Off, Oliver, Cinderella (Scenic Design), Hairspray, Joseph and...Dreamcoat (Scenic & Lighting Design). He received his BFA in Theatrical Production Arts-Design from Ithaca College. IC credits include: The Magic Flute (Scenic Design), The Light in the Piazza, How I Learned to Drive (Lighting Design). Tyler’s work has also been seen at the Kitchen Theatre Company: Opus (Scenic & Lighting Design) Crooked, The Whipping Man, Frankie & Johnny...Lune, Waiting for Spring, Irma Vep, In The Company of Dancers (Lighting Design). Tyler also has extensive experience as an assistant/associate designer to Steve TenEyck in such places as The Kitchen Theatre, The Hangar Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, The Merry-Go-Round Theatre, Florida Grand Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, and with the Herson Group.
Joey Steinhagen, Co-Artistic Director / Resident Director
Joey has been teaching, acting in, and directing theatre for young people throughout Tompkins County since 1993. He received his BFA in Acting from Ithaca College. Over the years, he has directed musicals and plays at Ithaca and Dryden High Schools, Dryden, Boynton, and Dewitt Middle Schools, for the Northern Lights Learning Center, and the Hangar Theatre’s Kiddstuff series. Joey has taught acting at Ithaca College, Cornell, SUNY Cortland, Hangar Theatre’s Next Generation program, and the Ithaca Youth Bureau. As an actor, Joey has appeared at the Kitchen Theatre Tony and the Soprano (Tony, world premiere), Precious Nonsense (Pete, world premiere), The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Dr. Yakunin), and We Won’t Pay, We Won’t Pay (Luigi).
Mike Wade, Resident Music Director
Mike currently serves as choral and guitar teacher at Charles O. Dickerson High School, in Trumansburg, NY. He is a proud alumnus of Ithaca College, where he received his B.M. in Music Education, with concentrations in piano and voice. Over the last four years, he has collaborated extensively with Running to Places in various capacities, as music director, conductor and collaborative pianist. Other engagements have included vocal coach & accompanist for Ithaca College’s Introduction to Music Theatre for High School students, and collaborative pianist for several Area-All State and All-County festivals throughout upstate New York. He has also worked as a pianist for several musicals & operas at Ithaca College, including a concert performance of Dana Wilson’s new opera, Wolf by the Ears. He is a proud member of the national music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and holds membership in the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Director’s Association. Mike maintains a small private studio on the side, and is extremely grateful to be doing the work he loves. Much love to his family, who helped give him the tools and support he needed to do the things he loves!